Sweaters are a wardrobe essential especially if you’re living in a place that experiences four seasons in a year. They’re thick, warm, and very comfortable to wear during winter and rainy seasons. Just like any other type of clothing, unfortunately, sweaters can wear out as well. They can start to unravel at some places and begin to tear or they can start getting loose. Or perhaps you bought a sweater that makes you look bloated, or your favourite one went out of style. Whichever the case, instances wherein a piece of sweater is no longer used are unavoidable. Luckily, there are still other ways you can make use of that sweater for something you’ll like. Instead of throwing it out, turn it into something new instead. Here are nine ways you can reuse and repurpose old sweaters.
- Sweater Pumpkin
This sweater pumpkin is incredibly comfortable to snuggle when you’re feeling cold or while you’re watching a movie, and it’s very simple to make. Just cut out the body of a sweater by the armpits, turn it inside out, tie one end with a rubber band, turn it right side out, stuff with stuffing, and tie off the other end with another rubber band.
Cover the shade of a lamp with a solid-toned sweater with texture for a decorative piece. Cut out the body of a sweater according to the height of the lampshade. Cut the sweater open and sew it according to a size that would perfectly fit the shade.
- Sweater cuffs
To keep your wrists warm during winter without losing style, transform your regular cuffed bracelets into sweater cuffs. Cut a length of fabric from your sweater that would fit the bracelet and sew it in place.
- Sweater Boots
You can revamp your weathered cowboy boots by adding some cozy textiles to it using your old sweater. Make sure you use a sweater colour that matches your boots. The best part is that you can use your sweater boots even if it’s not winter.
- Wine bottle koozie
Use an old piece of sweater to make a koozie for beverages like wines. The koozie also looks great if you’re planning to give the wine off as a gift. You can even add a piece of string on the top so you can tighten or loosen the koozie according to the bottle’s size.
- Baby hat
It’s incredibly easy to make a baby hat out of an old sweater and you’ll even have plenty of sweater fabric left for other projects. For a snug fit, choose a sweater with an existing hem around the waist. Cut the center of the bottom of the sweater into a half-oval shape and sew both pieces together except at the bottom. For decoration, make a ribbon out of the leftover sweater fabric and sew it on the front of the hat.
Instead of buying a new pair of mittens, use your old, warm sweater to make one. You don’t even have to know how to sew—you can simply use fabric glue. For a snug fit, choose a sweater with an existing hem around the waist and cut your mittens there. Cut the mitten shape at the bottom of your sweater then glue or sew the edges except for the bottom to fit your hands through. Use a wool sweater for really warm and cozy mittens.
- Patch blanket
If your closet is overflowing with sweaters, making a patch blanket out of them is a great way to keep their warmth in reach. Basically, you just have to cut your sweaters into squares and sew the square patches together.
For a quick and easy coaster, cut some old sweaters into squares or circles then sew the edges to keep it from fraying. The more colourful the sweater is, the brighter and better your coasters will be.